How Can I Remove Staining from Bonded Teeth?

One of the benefits of cosmetic dental bonding is the treatment’s ability to blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. However, if a bonded tooth becomes stained, this can reduce the quality of the results and require an adjunctive solution to restore a natural look. Although bonded teeth are polished upon application, they are still susceptible to… Continue Reading

Elgin Cosmetic Dentist Dean Lodding, DDS Explains Smile Makeover Benefits

Elgin Cosmetic Dentist Details the Benefits of a Smile Makeover

Dr. Dean Lodding, an Elgin cosmetic dentist, explains how a Smile Makeover can provide aesthetic and health benefits for patients with multiple dental concerns.  Elgin, IL – The desire to have a dazzling, luminous smile has remained a top request in the cosmetic dentistry world for patients who want to restore a more youthful and healthy appearance. For some, this… Continue Reading

Is Dental Porcelain Strong Enough to Repair My Smile?

Dental porcelain is a popular choice for cosmetic and restorative dental treatments due to its compatible look and feel alongside natural teeth—but porcelain’s beauty also matches its brawn. High-quality, dental-grade porcelain is as strong and durable as the tooth’s natural enamel and, when properly cared for, can last for years—or even decades! At Smile for Life Dental, our Elgin cosmetic… Continue Reading

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Dental Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a joyous but overwhelming time in a person’s life, and good dental care is rarely the first thing on an expectant mother’s mind. However, being mindful of your oral health is actually an important part of safeguarding the overall health of both you and your baby. Dr. Dean Lodding is an Elgin-based family and cosmetic dentist with… Continue Reading

Elgin dentist provides tips for finding the best cosmetic dentist for your needs and aesthetic goals.

Elgin Dentist Explains How to Find the Best Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Dean Lodding of Smile For Life Dental offers advice on how to choose the right cosmetic dentist for each patient’s individual aesthetic goals. Elgin, IL — While oral health and wellness should be the top priorities of any dentist, smile aesthetics are an increasingly popular focus for many patients. Cosmetic dentists specialize in enhancing the appearance of the teeth… Continue Reading

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How Can I Improve the Appearance of a Single Stained Tooth?

Stains on the teeth are a common—but nonetheless frustrating—concern. Many factors can contribute to discoloration, including certain foods and drinks (such as coffee, berries, and wine), tobacco use, some medications (such as tetracycline), and poor oral hygiene. In order to address teeth stains, individuals often turn to over-the-counter teeth whitening remedies. However, these are rarely as effective as professional whitening,… Continue Reading

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When Does a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?

While we typically do whatever we can to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, in some cases, extraction is actually the best option for your health and comfort. Our Elgin dentists offer a range of dental care procedures designed to meet your specific needs. For patients experiencing pain or who have severe damage or decay, root… Continue Reading

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How Can I Maintain the Results of My Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a completely customizable, multi-faceted treatment that can transform your smile and provide you with confidence for the future. However, patients sometimes wonder about how to ensure the longevity of their smile makeover results. In order to get the most out of your treatment, there are several things to keep in mind. First, it’s imperative that patients… Continue Reading

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Is There a Way to Straighten Teeth Without Braces?

While traditional braces can often efficiently straighten teeth, not everyone is interested in getting them—often because they don’t want noticeable brackets or wires disrupting their smile aesthetics. This is a totally understandable viewpoint, and one we hear frequently at Smile For Life Dental. In many cases, we can often accommodate a patient’s wishes for straighter teeth using porcelain veneers instead…. Continue Reading

Elgin Dentist Discusses Oral Systemic Health and The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

Dr. Dean Lodding explains how maintaining good oral health can help protect your overall health, which is why preventative dentistry and good at-home dental hygiene habits are so important. Elgin, IL – Dr. Dean Lodding—an Elgin-based cosmetic dentist and the owner of Smile For Life Dental—is committed to helping his patients both obtain and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles throughout their… Continue Reading